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Darryl Hannah, tree-sitter
:Tree-sitting protesters, including some celebrities, vowed to peacefully resist eviction from a 14-acre (5 1/2-hectare) urban garden on which the landowner wants to build a warehouse.
The inner-city site is "a place of safety and respite from the harshness of the concrete jungle ... we just have to save it," actress Darryl Hannah said Thursday from the branches of an old walnut tree where she perched for the day despite her vertigo.
Vertigo? Quick somebody shake the tree a bit!The land originally was owned by developer Ralph Horowitz but the city seized it in the 1980s, forcing him to sell it in order to build a trash-to-energy incinerator. When the project fizzled, the land was turned over to a food bank and people began gardening there after the 1992 Los Angeles riot.
Horowitz sued to get the site back and the city settled in 2003 by selling it to him for $5 million, leading to court battles. Eventually, he agreed to sell 10 of the 14 acres to The Trust for Public Land for $16.35 million but the group fell $10 million short and the option expired Monday.Talking with reporters at City Hall, the mayor called on Horowitz to slash the selling price.
He should "sell this property for what he bought it for," Villaraigosa said, noting that supporters of the garden had picketed his home.
Of course he should. And Daryl Hannah should sell tickets to her new movie for what they cost her.